* Without notice or demand, students of Simón Bolivar
University, Metropolitan University and Andrés Bello
Catholic University (UCAB) occupied on June 29 the third floor
of the classroom building in UCAB to begin a 36-hour fast
in protest about the education bill (PLOE.)
* Student representative to Simón Bolívar University
Board of Directors Juansimón Arteaga noted that the move
was intended to apprise the domestic university community
of the law effects, particularly on higher education.
* Following an "insight" into the instrument, the student
delegate underscored positive issues, such as state control
and monitoring. However, they "criticized absolutism and state
monopoly. Families should be more involved in teaching, and
students -the main character- are out."
* For her part, student representative to UCAB University
Council Carolina Troncone announced that a committee composed
of law students Santiago Fontiveros and Carlos Bacalao are
working on an alternative bill to show the student vision
about future education in Venezuela.
* Troncone viewed "foggy" issues, such as the "Bolivarian,
Robinsonian educational system." Based on this vision, it
is not clear whether freedom of thinking set forth in article
102 of the constitution is observed.
* Students at Santa María University in Caracas on June
30 staged a protest to reject the murder of three classmates
who were killed late June 27 by Military Intelligence Directorate
officers in an event officially described as a misunderstanding.
* Demonstrators gathered at Filas de Mariche and near the
entrance of Urbanización Miranda, northeast Caracas,
to demand justice and respect for human rights from the Attorney
* They announced plans to appear to the Attorney General's
Office on July 1.
* Students at other universities in Caracas such as the Central
University of Venezuela (UCV) also repudiated the murder of
Leonardo González (25), Erick Montenegro (22), and Edgar
Quintero (19). Elizabeth Rosales, Daniza Buitriago and Irúa
Coromoto Moreno were injured.
* The relatives of Irúa Moreno -one of the victims during
the events in low-income development Kennedy in the capital
city on June 27- explained that the girl was fired in her
neck at point-blank range. Her condition is very delicate.
* Moreno cannot speak. Therefore, she has not been able to
testify before Franklin Nieves, the 125th attorney of fundamental
rights who has visited Miguel Pérez Carreño Hospital
twice to record the student's version.
* Irúa was admitted to the unit of Neurosurgery I. The
area is constantly guarded. Any visitor should be checked.
* Elizabeth Rosales, another student at Santa María
University who was injured in Kennedy, underwent on June 30
a surgery to take out a bullet in her right gluteus. According
to her relatives, everything went fine. She was admitted to
the Military Hospital.
* Surgeons advised her not to speak, but her mother Angela
de Rosales explained that on June 27 at night Elizabeth and
her friends arrived in an inspection point and met with "some
hooded and heavily armed guys who asked them to stop, but
they continued driving because these guys looked like criminals.
Further, about 10-15 officials fired at the car."
* Minister of Interior and Justice Jesse Chacón on July
1 announced the removal of a number of police officers directly
and indirectly involved in the operations conducted by the
Scientific and Criminal Investigation Force (Cicpc) and the
Directorate for Military Intelligence (DIM), resulting in
three students dead and three injured last June 27.
* Officers removed include Commissioner Miguel Ibarreto,
the chief of the Cicpc homicide division. Additionally, the
intervention of DIM investigation division and Cicpc homicide
and criminal divisions was ordered.
* Chácon promised to act "industriously" to punish for
abuse the officials who took part in the operation.
* The police officers allegedly involved in the murder last
June 27 of three students of Santa María University were
taken again to the 50th Control Court to continue arraignment.
* The car with the 29 officials of the Directorate for Military
Intelligence (DIM), Scientific and Criminal Investigation
Force (Cicpc) and the Caracas Police departed from the headquarters
of the Special Task Force (BEA).
* The Attorney General Office filed charges for accessory
to homicide before the fact, failed homicide, undue use of
firearms and violation of human rights.
* During the events, three students died and three were injured.